Betschdorf, village of potters, AlsaceBetschdorf, village of potters, Alsace

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    Betschdorf and its potteries seem to be quite renown. Interesting village.
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The village of Betschdorf perpetuates the pottery tradition in a dozen workshops...

My experience, Explo description: 

In the 18th century, potters from North Rhine introduced here an original technique : the sandstone polished with salt.

Sandstone products are characterised by a very low porosity resulting in a remarkable hardness and a waterproof, ideal to keep cooking. However, these pottery are not appropriated to go to the oven.

Such ceramics are achieved through a cooking over 1250° C, significantly higher than conventional ceramics temperature.

Some salt is thrown in quantity in the fire at the end of the cooking, forming a clear varnish.

The potteries are characterized by their grey colour, traditionally enhanced by scenery made with blue cobalt.

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Need to walk along the streets of the village to watch craftmen different productions including, some of them are clearly notable !

The Assumption Virgin Betschdorf church :

The Church has a polygonal choir of the end of the 15th century with beautiful murals.

Visit the pottery museum (see related article).

My personal recommendations: 

10 Km South-East, Soufflenheim is another village of potters. It offers products in a very different style : with iron clay, Soufflenheim craftsmen make glazed pottery. These potteries are carried out in a single cooking conducted to 950 °C. The piece remaining is porous, including to use these products for cooking food. Their warm colours make these very attractive pottery. Decorative designs are painted on.

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Open hours: 

Potters sell their own production. Their shops are open all day.

Entry fees: 

Free !